This exhibit is devoted to this one
very unusual coin spoon which was made by Tiffany & Co.
This sterling spoon was custom manufactured by Tiffany & Co. of New
York in the
Art Deco Style.
This is the back view of this unusual spoon
The finial is a 20 Sen silver coin and the bowl is a large 1 yen silver
coin. Both have curled dragon images
The one yen coin bowl has a beautiful curled dragon picture
The beautiful 1 Yen Meiji Japanese dragon coin can be compared to the
Chinese Dragon coin in terms of design and execution. For both
the Chinese and Japanese, the dragon is very revered and the
emperors are supposedly descendants of the all-powerful, mystical and
Vic Gardner has graciously responded to my email and provided me with
the following information:
"The large coin is one yen of the Meiji era - year 20
Read it as the clock starting with the top character is Mei - ji - 2 -
10 - year - 900 - Yen - One - Dai - Nip - pon. To get the era year put
a 'x' (multiply sign) between the 2 (=) and the 10 (+) equals 20. This
is 1887 AD. 'Dai Nippon' means 'Great Japan'. On the other side is the
Chrysanthemum which is the national flower of Japan with the characters
for 1 (-) and Yen. The '900' is the purity' and I think the 416 is the
actual silver weight in milligrams."
I had guessed that this spoon was in the mid 1890's, but this
information means that the spoon is ca. 1887 (this was an uncirculated
coin) and was the first year of issue for this coin. I think that this
helps explain why this piece was commissioned.
Mr. Gardner also pointed out that this coin in uncirculated condition
would sell for over $150. However, because it has been bent into a bowl
shape and soldered, it no longer has a numismatic value. But it still
retains a strong value within the spoon.
The 20 sen finial coin also has a beautiful curled dragon finial
The only mark is "Tiffany & Co. sterling"